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PETITIONS

The following petitions, lodged with the Clerk by the Senators indicated, were received: Senator Macklin, from 174 petitioners praying that the Senate legislate to ensure that no nuclear weapons are allowed into Australia, that all uranium mining cease in Australia and that the Senate urge the Government to encourage the United States and the Soviet Union to stop the nuclear arms race.

Senators Peter Rae and Watson, from 14 and 49 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 be referred to a Joint Parliamentary Committee to examine its implications.

Senator Jones, from 7 petitioners praying that the Australian Cadet Corps be not reorganized.

Senator Robertson, from 59 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that chiropractic services are included in Medicare.

Senator Button, from 24 petitioners praying that the Senate take certain action to improve funding and services to the post-school education sector.

Senator Baume, from 282 petitioners praying that the proposal to build an airport in the North-Western region of Sydney, commonly called Scheyville, be rejected and that the findings of the MANS Committee be endorsed.

Senator Button, from 24 petitioners praying that the Federal Government per capita grants in respect of all children in non-Government schools be continued at a level not less than that prevailing in 1983.

Senator Button, from 52 petitioners praying that the United Nations Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women be ratified.

Senator Button, from 107 petitioners praying that Government funding of Youth Forum be ensured.

Senators Chaney, Dame Margaret Guilfoyle and Hill, from 28, 28 and 8 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Local Government (Personal Income Tax Sharing) Act 1976 be amended to provide a minimum guarantee to local government general revenue sharing arrangements.

Senators Chaney, Childs, Robertson and Sibraa, from 440, 220, 20 and 112 petitioners, respectively, praying that the Senate amend the Sex Discrimination Bill 1983 to prevent it from being used in support of deliberately procured abortions.

Senator Button, from 113 petitioners praying that the Senate ensure that the subsidy for residential colleges be restored to the level existing prior to the 1983-84 Budget.

Senator Sibraa, from 327 petitioners praying that the Senate reduce visa charges to overseas students to their former level.